2014 Santa Barbera Au Bon Climat

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin USA, California
ABV 13.5%

This is a cracking Chardonnay form the legend of Californian Wine - Jim Clenenden. From 'relatively' old vineyards averaging 25 years, this delivers just enough Californian bounce and power - perfectly checked with the now famously deft hand of the winemaker who ensures a winning line of poise and restraint too. Old world sensibilities but Golden State sunshine. Lovely citrus juice and pep with good textured weight to boot - a beautifully balanced example of what can be done here - still a trailblazer - 34 years on!

*Case Price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price discount' for each bottle. Free mainland delivery for all orders over £100.

Our 32nd release has an identity of its own. We have used the same vineyards for a number of years. The blend is from four well-farmed vineyards: Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre, Los Alamos and Rancho Vinedo. The average age of these Chardonnay plantings is more than 25 years, which is old compared to most vineyards in our area. All the Chardonnay is carefully handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. After harvesting, the grapes are whole cluster pressed, and juice is quickly settled and chilled to begin barrel fermentation. The wine is dry and completed malo-lactic fermentation. We blended and processed the wine during the following summer.

The 2014 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is a beautiful example of the Au Bon Climat style. The flinty, stony aromas stand out while in the background is a hard spice note from 'sur-lie' barrel ageing. There are notes of lemon-lime and soft vanilla. With the first taste it is irresistible. This is one of those wines that invites the consumer to have another glass. At this young age, this wine would be perfect with shellfish or poultry. It will improve for at least 10 years and as it evolves, try this wine with chanterelle mushroom pasta and be amazed.

Mixed Cases
California Discovery Mixed Case

To help celebrate September California Wine month and aid your voyage of discovery we've selected this mixed case of 6 bottles for just £145.00 including free mainland nationwide delivery.

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